Date: Tue, 28 Sep 2010 16:37:05 -0500
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Subject: Re: GHS on (M)SDS
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Short answer is no you are not jumping the gun, in my opinion.  GHS is 
coming and with it a new set of challenges on hazard communication 
training.  Pictograms can have multiple meanings.  Employees need to 
start being exposed to GHS hazard and precautionary statements.

More importantly, they need to start to develop the understanding that 
our numerical system is inverted in relationship to the current NFPA 
rating system for health, fire, and reactivity.  Plus the rating system 
is not necessarily equivalent (e.g., a 1 in GHS under health, may not be 
a 4 in the NFPA system).

Kent A.Candee, CIH
Environmental Health Services
EMC Insurance Companies

On 9/28/2010 2:48 PM, Peifer, Patricia wrote:
> Yes, we get a lot of Sigma-Aldrich chemicals and I am seeing a lot of it, probably almost half of my Sigma Aldrich MSDSs.  Not so much from other companies, though.  I am wondering if I should start training our analysts on the new system, even though it's not official here yet. I made a poster with the GHS pictograms (since I couldn't buy one) and am thinking about hanging it in the labs.  Am I jumping the gun?
> Pat Peifer
> Health&  Safety Officer
> West Pharmaceutical Services
> -----Original Message-----
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> Sent: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 1:59 PM
> To: DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU
> Subject: [DCHAS-L] GHS on (M)SDS
> I'm curious if people have been noticing Globally Harmonized System style hazard communication information showing up in the laboratory chemical world. I'm thinking in terms of labels, safety data sheets, technical bulletins, etc. I looked at two Sigma/Aldrich MSDS's from the web and one from 2010 used the system and one from 2004 that didn't. I wonder what percent of the lab world is seeing this information and is aware of this change at this point?
> Any observations or comments would be appreciated.
> - Ralph
> P.S. Anyone who'd like a good primer on the GHS system in the lab context, as well as many lab safety subjects, would do well to pick up
> Laboratory Safety for Chemistry Students
> Robert H. Hill, David Finster
> ISBN: 978-0-470-34428-6
> Paperback
> 546 pages
> July 2010
> US $69.95
> I've bought three copies so far and haven't stopped yet ;).
> Ralph Stuart, CIH
> Environmental Safety Manager
> University of Vermont
> Environmental Safety Facility
> 667 Spear St. Burlington, VT  05405
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